A Look Back: “New Girl”

Written by Hana Elniwairi May 29, 2012

“Are you ‘White Fanging’ me?”

A couple of weeks ago, “New Girl” finally concluded its first season, with a finale that was the perfect way to end a rather entertaining first season. For those of you who have read my previous article on “New Girl”, you know that although I liked the show, I had a couple of issues with it. I am pleased to say that with the finale, “New Girl” definitely at least gave a great conclusion.

There are a couple of reason I enjoyed the finale and the second half of the season. A big part of that was the lovely romance that was blossoming between Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield). I suppose ‘lovely’ and ‘romance’ aren’t exactly the right words to describe what was essentially supposed to be a strictly physical arrangement for the two of them but I like the way things turned out, and where it seems to be heading. I think Cece and Schmidt were possibly the least two compatible people on the show. In fact, Schmidt, as I mentioned earlier this year, was my least favourite character. This storyline with CeCe helped me get a better sense of who he was. Another reason I enjoy those two is the fact that it took them quite a bit of time to get to the point where they both admit that there is more to their relationship than the sex. As well, the roommates’ reaction and shock to finding out about CeCe and Schmidt was of huge entertainment value.

The second and third reasons “New Girl” wrapped up perfectly for me are linked, and involve the other three tenants of the loft. I’ll start with Winston, who I’ve enjoyed seeing ever since his debut in the 2nd episode. An earlier comment I made about him concerned how he’s so lost and unsure of where his life is going. Oddly enough, by the conclusion of the season, Winston is probably the most secure and well-adjusted out of the four of them. I liked the progression to this point, and I love that he has not lost his quirkiness and easy-going nature. Which takes me to my next point: Nick and Jess, and their development, both individually and together.

From the beginning of the season, the show has been hinting at a future Nick/Jess romantic storyline, but we never quite get to that point. They’ve come awfully close, but never right on. In fact, I was almost certain they were going to be a ‘thing’ by the end of the finale. But that didn’t happen, and that is perfect. I know, what? Yes, Nick and Jess can potentially become a wonderful power couple, like the Rachel and Ross of this generation, but just now it would not work. Why is that? Because unlike Winston, who has managed to sort out things in his life quite nicely, neither Jess nor Nick seem to be able to hold down a good relationship for too long. Maybe that’s because ‘they haven’t found the right one’ aka each other, but I am still reassured that they didn’t jump for the cliched first season get together. Let that wait until next season at least.

While”New Girl” could have had a much better start, show’s been doing wonderfully well since the mid-season mark.

I’m looking forward to what the next season will bring, and you should be too!

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About Hana Elniwairi

Hana is a student at UWO, studying Psychology and Creative Writing. She enjoys watching movies and TV, no matter how much she complains about them or claims otherwise.

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